Dentists have developed all sorts of ways over the years to correct and repair teeth that are decayed, degraded, and incorrectly positioned. The nerves may be removed from dead teeth, and broken teeth are capped or crowned.
Sealants and fluoride help protect against the formation of cavities, or dental caries, in hard-to-reach areas that are often missed by brushing.
Yes, there is a lot that the dentist can do to keep your teeth looking and feeling good. But almost every treatment relies on introducing a foreign substance into your mouth. It is not supposed to be possible to regrow teeth, yet new research indicates that it may just be.
From strategies to boost the strength of the teeth you’ve got, to the possibility of regrowing an entire tooth, we’ll tell you the “tooth” about some intriguing developments in oral health. Here’s how you could regrow damaged teeth.
1. Use Specialized Toothpastes
First, some bad news. There is currently no way to regrow eroded enamel. Enamel is the substance that coats the outside of your teeth and it’s the hardest substance in the human body. But it can also be worn away over time. Brushing and consuming acidic foods are the two most common causes of enamel erosion. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.
However, you can remineralize the enamel you have left and thereby shore up your teeth’s protective coating.
Several brands of toothpaste are designed to protect against acid erosion and to strengthen existing enamel. They do it by pushing calcium and phosphates into your teeth, with an assist from good old fluoride. Dietary acid pulls these strengthening elements out, but fluoride is able to reclaim them from our saliva and draw them back into teeth.